Veneers are wafer-thin ceramic shells, individually designed and bonded onto each tooth.
The aim is to give you a healthy, natural look that enhances your smile and overall appearance.
They are permanently bonded to the fronts of teeth which may be crooked, misaligned, discoloured, chipped, or unevenly spaced.
Veneers provide a fast option for those looking for dramatic (or subtle) changes without having to wait.
Porcelain veneers are growing in popularity, no longer limited to the realm of celebrities and movie stars.
At Perfect Practices, we have several different veneers options including:
Although veneers are not high maintenance, if you have made the commitment to having dental veneers, it is likely you want to keep them in pristine condition for as long as possible.
On average, dental veneers should last 10-15 years, however, they will undergo general wear and tear just like your natural teeth.
There are of course some tips and tricks you can implement in order to keep your veneers looking good for as long as possible. They are:
1. Oral hygiene
Brushing and flossing daily is just as important, if not important when you get veneers.
Since veneers are made from porcelain, they are not subject to decay like normal teeth, BUT since your natural tooth is still beneath the veneer, you still need to maintain the same level of oral hygiene standards.
2. If you can’t break it with a fork – don’t use your teeth!
Sometimes we forget how sensitive our teeth really are.
Although your veneers will work just like natural teeth when it comes to eating, you should avoid things like hard sweets and anything stronger than an ice cube – repeated exposure to hard foods like this can cause long term damage to your veneers and is best avoided.
3. Be mindful of staining
The same foods and drinks your dentists warn you will stain or damage your natural teeth (red wine, coffee, fizzy drinks) will impact your veneers.
It is best to avoid these beverages when possible, and if you can’t give up the habit, then try drinking with a straw or brushing your teeth after you have finished.
4. Be cautious of grinding
Bruxism is a condition where you may subconsciously grind your teeth causing general wear on the surface. This can happen when you are awake or asleep and is more prominent during periods of stress or anxiety.
Let your dentist know if you have any sensitivity or jaw discomfort and they will be able to diagnose bruxism if you have the condition.
5. Visit your dentist
We encourage all of our patients to attend Perfect Practices at least once every six months.
If there are any issues with your teeth or veneers, then regular check-ups mean these issues can be addressed before any long-term, irreversible damage has occurred.
6. Curious to find out more about veneers?
At Perfect Practice, we offer free consultation appointments with a member of our skilled team of cosmetic dentistry professionals.